According to the AP and many other news outlets, Clarence Thomas’s wife, Virginia Thomas, recently left a voicemail message for Anita Hill in which she asked Hill to consider apologizing for “what you did with my husband.”
When asked about it, Virginia Thomas said she was “extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed what happened so long ago.”
It should be clear to anyone of even mediocre intelligence that, as far as Anita Hill is concerned, it is she, not Clarence or Virginia Thomas, who is still owed an apology “after all these years.”
The only context in which Virginia Thomas’s request makes any sense is if Hill was lying in her testimony to Congress about Clarence Thomas. By asking for an apology, Virginia Thomas is implicitly accusing Hill of being a liar. She is implicitly reiterating all the nasty accusations Clarence Thomas made about Hill during his confirmation hearings and later in his book.
How, exactly, is this “extending an olive branch”?
I see three possible explanations for Virginia Thomas’s behavior:
- She is an idiot (which would not be terribly surprising, given that her husband is an idiot).
- She sincerely believes that Anita Hill was lying all those years ago.
- It’s a publicity stunt.
What do you think?